There’s no doubt that STEM –– science, technology, engineering and math –– is the wave of the next generation. Actually, we’re all engaged in it right now, whether we’re using our cell phones, cooking on a stove or turning on a kitchen light.
That’s why STEM activities are awesome for children. Kids use their minds, creativity and sometimes their hands to discover how cool tech really is. That means it sinks in, because experts agree that playis the best way to teach children something new.
And that’s more important now than ever. With students home right now in unprecedented numbers, parents are on the search for activities that keep kids in the educational loop. Bonus: they’re a great switch-up from other daily activities you have on your at-home agenda.
Watch a seed grow, color real flowers from the inside out and pierce a balloon without popping it. It’s pretty amazing how much a child can learn from everyday items you probably already have around the house.
How to Get Started
Not to worry: you definitely won’t break the bank doing the cool projects below. Each activity is free to download. Each is designed to be fun and accessible so kids can see cool and fascinating results fast.
Can’t get enough STEM? For even more fun, check out smart, red haired doll Lottie Young Inventor with her own cool inventor’s box.
PLEASE NOTE: The ingredients in these projects are not included. Don’t worry –– they’re all easy to find and are inexpensive or free.
You may know what changes the color of cut apples, rained-on metal and even some types of hair dye. But do you know why it happens? Compare two apples with two different preparations and watch what happens. Download instructions here.
2. Use a Balloon as a Sound Amplifier
Your little scientist will be fascinated with this hands-on lesson. All she’ll need is a balloon; then follow the directions as listed. The results are surprising! Download instructions here.
3. Sugar Cube Towers Activity
This colorful activity gets kids thinking about atoms. Learn about adhesion and cohesion using sugar cubes, water, food coloring and easy-to-find materials like paper and aluminum foil. Download instructions here.
4. Skewer a Balloon Activity
It’s not just magicians who can put a skewer through a balloon without making it pop. The secret is in where you place the skewer...plus one very ordinary and easy-to-find kitchen ingredient. Download instructions here.
5. Grow a Plant in the Dark
Do seeds need sunlight to grow? is an easy and fascinating activity that lets kids witness the germination process. Children learn how water, oxygen and the sun all figure into the birth of a bean plant. Download instructions here.
6. Make Your Own Colored Flowers
Photosynthesis has never looked so awesome! Use food coloring to color real flowers and discover the elements of how plants live and grow. Afterward, enjoy the pretty results. Download instructions here.
Projects are always more fun with a friend, so check out Lottie Young Inventor. Inspired by real kids, she comes with a cool toolbox plus hard hat. She’s the perfect accompaniment to help kids expand their worlds through play and creativity. We’re very proud of her, so check her out!